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ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards 2012: The Finalists

16:45 - 30 January, 2013

After two intense weeks, with 40,000 nominations, the collective intelligence formed by the readers of ArchDaily has scrutinized close to 3,000 projects, creating the shortlist that now moves into the final voting stage.

As in previous years, we have to congratulate our readers, as the finalists are outstanding. Buildings from all over the world, by firms of all sizes and trajectories, ranging from social buildings with no budget to state of the art buildings. But they all have something in common: good architecture that can improve people’s lives.

You can vote for your favorite projects starting today and until February 13th, 2013 (read the complete rules).

Remember that the project with the most votes will receive an HP Designjet T520 ePrinter and the project with the 2nd most votes will receive an HP Designjet T120 ePrinter from our sponsor HP.

The winners of the iPad Minis that we are giving away during the nomination process are: Sunil Bald and Susana Carls (you’ll receive an email shorty). And remember that we are giving away two iPads during the final voting round!

Meet the finalists:

Possible Mediums Conference

11:00 - 30 January, 2013
Courtesy of  Ohio State University, University of Illinois, University of Kentucky, and University of Michigan Taubman Architecture and Design Schools
Courtesy of Ohio State University, University of Illinois, University of Kentucky, and University of Michigan Taubman Architecture and Design Schools

Taking place February 7-10, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture, Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture, University of Kentucky College of Design, and University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning will be presenting the Possible Mediums Conference. Taking place in Columbus, Ohio, the event is composed of a series of workshops and panel discussions revolving around four “possible mediums” which places a group of designers in productive dialog, unpacking their collective foundations and futures. Challenging the boundaries of architectural convention, the invited workshop leaders employ exploratory processes rooted in mediums external to the discipline (such as film or comics) or developed from atypical applications of more conventional mediums (such as drawings or models). For more information, please visit here.

'White Cube, Green Maze: New Art Landscapes' Exhibition

07:00 - 30 January, 2013
View of Raketenstation Hombroich, with sculptures by Katsuhito Nishikawa and Oliver Kruse (foreground) and the House for Musicians, by Raimund Abraham (left) (Raketenstation Insel Hombroich, near Neuss, Germany); © Iwan Baan
View of Raketenstation Hombroich, with sculptures by Katsuhito Nishikawa and Oliver Kruse (foreground) and the House for Musicians, by Raimund Abraham (left) (Raketenstation Insel Hombroich, near Neuss, Germany); © Iwan Baan

Opening February 14, and on view until May 4, Yale School of Architecture‘s ‘White Cube, Green Maze: New Art Landscapes’ exhibition will examine emerging trends in museum design through six new art sites that share the common thread of moving beyond the traditional “white cube” gallery space, and that juxtapose the experience of culture, art, architecture, and landscape. Featuring newly commissioned photography of these sites by Iwan Baan, each site represents a unique expression of the ambitions and collaborations of patrons, architects, landscape architects, artists, and curators. For more information, please visit here.

Beijing Agriculture University Library Winning Proposal / Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute

03:00 - 30 January, 2013
Courtesy of Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute
Courtesy of Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute

The competition winning proposal for the Beijing Agriculture University Library is a successful addition to the existing campus. Designed by Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute, their design takes care of all the functions while providing a comfortable environment for students to study and research. With a construction area of about 49,000m2, the library includes a self-study area, a restaurant, an auditorium, several offices and some meeting rooms. More images and architects’ description after the break.

CORMAC Residence / Laidlaw Schultz Architects

01:00 - 30 January, 2013
CORMAC Residence / Laidlaw Schultz Architects, © Larry Falke
© Larry Falke

© Larry Falke © Larry Falke © Larry Falke © Larry Falke +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Corona del Mar, California, United States
  • Design Team

    Craig Schultz, Scott Laidlaw, Kathy Troutfetter, David Kilpatrick
  • Structure

    Michael Gabriel
  • Area

    3,000 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Villa Valtanen / Arkkitehtitoimisto Louekari

01:00 - 30 January, 2013
© Lauri Louekari
© Lauri Louekari

© Lauri Louekari © Lauri Louekari © Lauri Louekari © Kaisa Siren +16

Dual House / VPA Architects

01:00 - 30 January, 2013
Dual House / VPA Architects, Courtesy of VPA Architects
Courtesy of VPA Architects

Courtesy of VPA Architects Courtesy of VPA Architects Courtesy of VPA Architects Courtesy of VPA Architects +36

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ahmedabad, India
  • Area

    1,000 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of VPA Architects

As burial field / Karres en Brands

01:00 - 30 January, 2013
As burial field / Karres en Brands, © Jeroen Musch
© Jeroen Musch

© Jeroen Musch © Jeroen Musch © Jeroen Musch © Thyra Brandt +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Amsterdam
  • Design Team

    Sylvia Karres, Bart Brands, Lieneke van Campen, Joost de Natris, James Melsom, Alejandro Noe, Marc Springer, Jim Navarro, Julien Merle, Pierre-Alexandre Marchevet
  • Area

    10000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

    Areal Shooting, Jeroen Musch, Thyra Brandt, Courtesy of Karres en Brands

Chipicas Town Houses / Alejandro Sanchez Garcia Arquitectos

01:00 - 30 January, 2013
Chipicas Town Houses / Alejandro Sanchez Garcia Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro Soto
© Jaime Navarro Soto

© Jaime Navarro Soto © Jaime Navarro Soto © Jaime Navarro Soto © Jaime Navarro Soto +42

  • Architects Office

  • Location

    Valle de Bravo, México
  • Collaborators

    Alejandro Sanchez Garcia, Alfredo Cortes Tellez, Miguel Campero, José Luis Salamanca
  • Area

    720.0 sqm
  • Year

    2009
  • Photography

    Jaime Navarro Soto

Karakusevic Carson and David Chipperfield to Design Residential Towers in London

00:00 - 30 January, 2013
Karakusevic Carson and David Chipperfield to Design Residential Towers in London, Existing Colville Estate via Estates Gazette
Existing Colville Estate via Estates Gazette

Karakusevic Carson and David Chipperfield have been announced as the “preferred bidder” for a pair of residential towers the East London district of Shoreditch. As reported on BDOnline, the £25 million project at Colville Estate will rise up to 14 and 20 stories high to replace the existing 1950‘s low-rise buildings. This will be the second and last phase of the largest council-backed housing development in London and the first UK mass housing project for Chipperfield. 

Why The Recession Was Long Over-Due

01:00 - 30 January, 2013
Courtesy of Flickr User CC Donna Grayson
Courtesy of Flickr User CC Donna Grayson

Yesterday, we featured an article by Yale faculty member and AutoDesk Vice President, Phil Bernstein, about the increasing opportunities for architecture students graduating in 2013. Today, Scott Simpson, a senior fellow of the Design Futures Council and co-author of the books How Firms Succeed and The Next Architect, offers his perspective on our recovering economy, and what it will mean for architects in the future. 

Simpson starts off by putting the Crisis in perspective: "From 2008 to 2011, the profession took a tremendous hit, both financially and in terms of lost intellectual capital. The old way of doing business is not coming back, nor would we wish for it. [...] Rather than complaining about tough times, let’s start with the realization that many of these changes are long overdue." 

After reviewing what the Recession has meant and what we can learn from it, Simpson makes one final, and empowering, claim: "For those willing to take up the challenge, there has never been a more exciting time to be an architect."

Read all of Simpson's article, which originally appeared on DesignIntelligence, after the break...

Grimshaw Reveals Aviation Vision for London

00:00 - 30 January, 2013
Grimshaw Reveals Aviation Vision for London, Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects
Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects

Grimshaw Architects are the latest practice to add their voice to the debate surrounding the capacity problem of London’s airports. Their innovative proposal, entitled ‘London: Hub City’, bucks the trend of recent ‘superhub’ proposals, which are frequently suggested as a solution to the problem. 

Instead of creating a large ‘airport hub’ on a single site separated from the city, Grimshaw’s design prioritizes construction of new express lines by creating a ‘City Hub’ that allows passengers to transfer between London’s existing airports via the city center. The benefit being that expansion could be spread amongst its four existing airports incrementally, as needed, instead of being concentrated on the construction of one ‘super-hub’.

More on Grimshaw's aviation proposal for London after the break.

Calatrava Criticized for Valencia Complex

00:00 - 30 January, 2013
© Flickr user FromtheNorth. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
© Flickr user FromtheNorth. Used under Creative Commons

Praised for his masterful blends of architecture and engineering, yet criticized for rarely sticking to a budget, Valencia-native Santiago Calatrava is no stranger to controversy. His latest project making headlines is the largest landmark in Valencia and the second most-visited cultural complex in Spain: the City of Arts and Sciences. 

More on the controversy after the break.

Todd Saunders: Architecture in Northern Landscapes

00:00 - 30 January, 2013

Swiss architecture and design publisher Birkhäuser has released a monograph of Todd Saunders’ work. Based in Bergen, Norway, award-winning Canadian architect Todd Saunders has built work in Norway, Finland and Canada. Todd Saunders: Architecture in Northern Landscapes covers his work over the last decade. The simple yet powerful aesthetic of the book mirrors the elegance of Saunders’ own architectural style and compliments the potency of the natural settings in which his work is often situated.

L House / Florian Busch Architects

01:00 - 30 January, 2013
L House / Florian Busch Architects , Courtesy of Florian Busch Architects
Courtesy of Florian Busch Architects

Courtesy of Florian Busch Architects Courtesy of Florian Busch Architects © Hiroyuki Sudo © Hiroyuki Sudo +24

Holland Park School / Aedas

01:00 - 30 January, 2013
Holland Park School / Aedas, Courtesy of Aedas
Courtesy of Aedas

Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    London, United Kingdom
  • Structural Engineer

    Buro Happold
  • M&E Consultant

    Buro Happold
  • Quantity Surveyor

    Gardiner And Theobald
  • Landscape

    The Landscape Partnership
  • Client

    The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
  • Area

    20,000 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Aedas

Alberto Campo Baeza Awarded Heinrich Tessenow Gold Medal 2012

00:00 - 30 January, 2013
Alberto Campo Baeza Awarded Heinrich Tessenow Gold Medal 2012

Only a few weeks after being recognized for his excellence by the Universidad Politécnica of Madrid, the distinguished Spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza has just been awarded the Heinrich Tessenow Gold Medal for 2012 by the Alfred Toepfer Foundation in Hamburg. The award, given since 1962, is a recognition of work that, like that of German architect Heinrich Tessenow (1876-1950), is "uncompromising, sober and essential." 

Architectural Design: Human Experience and Place - Sustaining Identity

00:00 - 30 January, 2013

Human Experience and Place: Sustaining Identity is the latest title in the successful and prestigious Architectural Design (AD) series. Officially launched at the Sustaining Identity Symposium in London’s Victoria & Albert Museum at the end of November, this issue features both well-known and emerging practices worldwide.

By drawing on examples from across the world, this issue of AD demonstrates that, in a time of commercial globalisation, it is possible for architects, designers and engineers to create outstanding buildings that retain a sense of local identity, both in terms of cultural heritage and the conservation of the environment.